The History of Police Challenge Coins

History of Police Challenge Coins

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Challenge coins have a long-standing history in the United States Armed Forces and law enforcement. The small, personalized coins have circulated for decades, usually in secret and without ceremony, to reward bravery, recognize achievements, and promote unity within a unit or department. Here is a quick look at how law enforcement challenge coins began and grew into a time-honored tradition.

Challenge Coins in the Military

Sources vary on when challenge coins started appearing within US military branches. Some say they originated during WWI, the Vietnamese War, or the Korean War. Regardless, we know that the tradition of gifting challenge coins began within this timeframe. The practice was likely inspired by a similar one among ancient Roman soldiers. During the war and after, personalized coins unique to each unit were privately distributed by officials and fellow soldiers to recognize bravery and special achievements.

Challenge Coins in Law Enforcement

No one knows precisely what year challenge coins for police began to appear, likely because of the discreet way they are distributed. Still, it is widely accepted that the tradition started because of the high number of veterans working in law enforcement after they retired from the military. They brought the tradition of challenge coins with them to the police force. 

Police Challenge Coins Today

To this day, police challenge coins are given and received to offer unique, personalized recognition. If you see a friend or family member with a challenge coin on display, ask them about it; they’ll likely have a great story to tell.

Law enforcement challenge coins are a great way to recognize officers’ achievements while promoting a strong camaraderie within units. If you’d like to start this tradition of police challenge coins in your department, don’t hesitate to place an order with us at Lone Star Challenge Coins today!

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10 November 2023
My class spent well over $9,000 on our class coins. First issue, they didn't get them to us in a timely manner. We received them barely in time for graduation. Second, they sent us coins with a misspelled word (brave) as seen in the picture. Third issue, a lot of the spinners came broken, also as seen in the picture. When I reached out to the company, they claim sending replacement coins out at a later date is rectifying of this situation. Very empathetic to the situation at hand overall. Not very professional at all, terrible business practices and they definitely will not receive future business from me nor any recommendations either. Zero stars
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27 October 2023
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25 October 2023
This company is fantastic! I reached out to them to create a custom shaped coin with custom artwork that they had put together for me. The coins are a Veteran's Day thank you token for those who served at our company. We will definitely be returning for future orders. From start to finish, they were very open with communication, extremely fast to respond to concerns and questions, and lastly delivered something that blew us out of the water. Thank you so much!
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25 October 2023
I ordered challenge coins on behalf of my government agency. Lone Star was easy to work with and did amazing things with the graphics I sent. They turned the artwork around quickly and each time it was better than what we had hoped for. We did have several back and forth messages to get the coin exactly as we wanted it. Our representative was so patient with us and had excellent customer service. We also got the coins in the mail quickly. Working with Lone Star was a wonderful experience end-to-end.
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18 October 2023
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13 October 2023
Amazing artwork.. aside from the product what I loved most of our experience was the flexibility to create a coin that’s exceeds your own expectations. Thank you guys so much for making the process seamless and affordable!
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5 October 2023
Absolutely fantastic company to work with. Communication was always quick, and the final product looked even better than the proof did. 10/10 would recommend!
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ALISON BOLAND
26 September 2023
I engaged with Lone star challenge coins to make coins for my fiancé's celebration of life. I was pretty clueless about design, and they provided the perfect design. The coins arrived in time, and we were more than satisfied with the outcome. Their customer service was excellent as well. They guided me (held my hand) throughout the process, and were quick to respond. I cannot say enough about their product and company.
Debbie Avinger
Debbie Avinger
26 September 2023
We are so grateful for the work Lone Star Challenge Coins did for our nonprofit fundraising event! They worked with our budget and gave us medals with ribbons and challenge coins that were better than we expected.
Dan Kiser
Dan Kiser
22 September 2023
Corbin was very combative when I explained that the design provided was not at all reflective of the requests that I provided on the Inquiry form. Based on the customer service alone during that 1 phone call, I am not inclined to pursue any business with this company. EDIT: I spoke to the owner, Mike, and he helped rectify the situation and framed it as a learning opportunity for his team. This is a good reminder that people make mistakes but first impressions matter.
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